March 07, 2015

"Canada has lost one of its best"

Jonathan WadeRebel Commentator

Canada has lost one of its best. Sergeant Andrew Doiron, from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR), was killed by friendly fire on Friday afternoon in Iraq.

Kurdish security forces fired upon Doiron’s detachment on their way back to their observation post “inside the wire”.

"Members of the Special Operations Forces were mistakenly engaged by Iraqi Kurdish forces following their return to an observation post behind the front lines," the Canadian Forces press release stated.

Three other soldiers were wounded during this friendly fire incident and are now receiving medical treatment. Their condition is stable.

"He was known as 'Drew' or "Digi.' One of the original founders of CSOR, he was known and respected for his skills and his warrior spirit, [sic] we lost one of our best 'gunfighters' but I know Digi will be up there making sure to keep us in check," one of his brother-in-arms told me via email.


(Sgt. Doiron's CSOR brothers are honouring him by sharing this picture, which was one of his favourites.)

Sergeant Doiron’s death comes at a critical time with the end of the Canadian mission in Iraq on April 7.

However, Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson was clear that Canada will not “stand on the sidelines.”

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command — CANSOFCOM — has been actively training the Iraqi security forces under Operation IMPACT and have had a real positive impact indirectly on the battlefield.

"Every member of Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command feels a great loss at Drew’s passing. He was a gifted special operator and a great leader. He loved his job and the people he soldiered with," read a statement from Brig.-Gen. Michael Rouleau, commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. contributor Jonathan Wade served in the Canadian Forces with distinction for more than fourteen years prior to his honourable discharge in June 2014, a career which led him to travel across the globe, deploying to Afghanistan in 2009 to mentor and advise the Afghan National Army—where he was awarded the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation—and shortly to Haiti following the earthquake of 2010.

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commented 2015-07-21 11:10:49 -0400
Well, I can hardly wait for the youtube video from heaven, when the islamic martyrs take time off from their heavenly rewards to duke it out with the newly arrived members of the Canadian Special Forces…
commented 2015-03-09 10:00:19 -0400
May Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior be with the Doiron family during this sorrowful time. Thanks for giving us a son who fought for our Canadian values and protection.
commented 2015-03-09 09:14:28 -0400
CBC coverage has been shallow, crass and self-serving. CTV no better. They had a meeting of the “journalist alliance”, no doubt.
commented 2015-03-09 09:11:48 -0400
Since the Kurds are blaming the Canadian troops, we need to examine whether this was intentional by some fifth column element within the Peshmerga.
commented 2015-03-08 23:30:16 -0400
Sgt Doiron, RIP & thanks to you & your comrades, I can enjoy freedom in the best country on this planet. My thoughts & prayers are with your family & friends at this difficult time. I hope that the left wing media treats this story with respect & not use it to spew their political agenda.
commented 2015-03-08 22:04:23 -0400
RIP, Digi. And never mind the carping of the MSM. You’re our hero. Thank you.
commented 2015-03-08 19:39:00 -0400
Whoa? It’s like Bizzaro Land over there at the Globe.
commented 2015-03-08 14:32:02 -0400
I agree with you Michael – CTV has been trying to “unjustify” our intervention in Iraq…
commented 2015-03-08 13:34:20 -0400
Another loss of a great Canadian making us proud. How fortunate that we live in a country that produces steller young men and is free of the concerns and threats such as those that are faced by the people of the middle east. No pride in the lamestream media though, the first thing I see is that bonehead Bob Fife on CTV blathering how surely a Parlimentry committee must look into this as the Harper government must be up to something. When CTV tries to figure out why it lost $40 million last year, they may want to look at useless idiots like Fife as to why as it will be a long time before I tune to that channel again!
commented 2015-03-08 11:42:22 -0400
True North ……I’m afraid the opposition will just jump all over this being the jerks they are.
commented 2015-03-07 23:36:23 -0500
A tragic loss that is mourned by all Canadians. Our troops serve with honour, valour and bravery and we thank every one of them for their service to our country. Let’s hope that the opposition parties have the sense not to turn this into a tawdry political issue.
commented 2015-03-07 22:38:37 -0500
He was stationed at CFB Petawawa.. RIP Digi. A tragic loss. Condolences to his family and comrades. My thoughts also go out to the wounded and their families.
commented 2015-03-07 21:28:59 -0500
I wish the media would observe some level of decorum and refrain from making this a political issue. God bless Sergeant Andrew Doiron and his family, comrades and friends. God Bless Canada .
commented 2015-03-07 20:23:10 -0500
RIP, Digi. We grieve your loss.
commented 2015-03-07 20:13:49 -0500
RIP and prayers for the famiky. where was he stationed and from?
commented 2015-03-07 17:48:03 -0500
Prayers and condolences to the family, our soldiers are the best.
commented 2015-03-07 16:48:31 -0500
The msm public commenters are already deriding this tragedy, wondering if our troops are “really” away from the front lines, and “really” not involved in combat missions. Sadly, I’m expecting this mentality to show up in the news and in the HoC over this case. Our troops are doing the best job they can in a chaotic environment, with allies who have a completely different perspective, outlook, and culture than we do. As my brother (ex-Infantry) used to joke, “The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.” Bravo Zulu, Sgt Doiron, and rest easy from your labors.